Thursday, October 2, 2008

October Monthly Challenge

This month's theme is a Dark and Stormy Night. Whether you go with a Halloween theme, autumn-inspired or channel your inner goth girl, the theme is open to your interpretation. Pull out your favorite fall art beads and join in this month's challenge! I can't wait to see what you create.

Join us tomorrow to see this month's prizes and sponsors.

Featured Designer of the Week!
From all the entries during the month, an editor is going to pick their favorite design to be featured every Monday here on the ABS. We want to give our participants more time in the spotlight! Our Featured Designer will be this Monday, so get those entries in soon.

How to enter the Monthly Challenge:
1. Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme.This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc.The art bead can be created by you or someone else.The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.

***Beads by themselves and beads simply strung on a chain or cord will not be accepted.***

2. Upload your photo to our flickr group.Detailed instructions can be found here and click here for a tutorial for sending your picture to the group. If you can't upload to Flickr, send your entry and information to Heather.Please add the tag or title OCTABS to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.

Deadline is October 31th.

Photos are approved by our moderators, if a photo hasn't followed the guidelines it will not be approved. You may upload 2 photos a day.

What is an Art Bead?
An art bead is a bead, charm, button or finding made by an independent artist. Art beads are the vision and handiwork of an individual artist. You can read more about art beads here.*** A bead that is handmade is not necessarily an art bead. Hill Tribe Silver, Kazuri ceramic beads or lampwork beads made in factories are examples of handmade beads that are not considered art beads.

p.s. If you have a blog, post your entry and a link to the ABS challenge to spread the beady goodness.


LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

This one is going to be fun - love the theme. I already put one of my charms out ...

AJ said...

Ooooh. I like this theme, I like it a lot!

Erin Siegel said...

This is a lot of fun! I've already submitted a design with my own spin on it! Thanks!

Donna said...

A BulwerLytton fan, I wonder how long a night it was...or if it was indeed a knight...if he was stormy...or mysterious...and why....or if I should use polymer...or some other medium...or find something in my stash......or how long indeed this sentence should last....

Anonymous said...

Donna's comment is awesome! This such a fun theme, you girls. Love the beads you are showing too...

Anonymous said...

I was home sick today and was surfing my favorite blogs and found this challenge. I've already started my piece and can't wait to submit it!